Thursday, March 11, 1999

RedHawks are healthy, ready for Washington




BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OXFORD, Ohio — The Miami RedHawks left for New Orleans Wednesday much healthier than when they returned from the Mid-American Tournament a week ago.

        Jason Grunkemeyer, who missed the MAC Tourney with back spasms, practiced with the team Wednesday, and Wally Szczerbiak, who was slowed by a sore knee in the MAC Tourney, is “all better.”

        Grunkemeyer has only participated in non-contact drills, but trainer Tom Reed said there's a chance he'll be available Friday for the first round NCAA game with Washington.

        “This is Wednesday and the game's Friday, and he's hardly practice, so you don't know,” MU coach Charlie Coles said.

        If he gets in, it will only be for a few minutes, right?

        “Not if he hits his first four shots,” Coles said.

        Szczerbiak practiced without a sleeve on his knee Wednesday.

        “I cut and move better,” he said. “That gets me more open shots, and I shot really well in practice.”

        Szczerbiak was just 3-for-17 from three-point range in the MAC tourney.

       



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